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Judd gets chance to show power in Rebels’ backfield

Ole Miss didn’t get much power out of its running game last season. Akeem Judd may be able to help with that. The Rebels have amped up the physicality on the ground this spring, emphasizing what head coach Hugh Freeze called “good, dirty runs.” Judd, who’s going through his first spring at Ole Miss, is impressing in that role. (March 30, 2015, Page 6)

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    Shepard, Bridges lead long, revamped secondary

    They wear No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. It’s a fitting number scheme for the expectations Ole Miss has for Tony Bridges and Tee Shepard in its retooled secondary. Bridges and Shepard have been working as the first-team cornerbacks for a majority of the spring, and barring any significant injuries, they’ll stay there this fall. Ranked by varying recruiting sites as the nation’s top junior college cornerbacks in the last two recruiting cycles, the pair is a different breed than what the Rebels have had the last few seasons. (March 30, 2015, Page 6)

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      Roth’s gem, Bianco’s hit lead OHS past Trojans again

      Oxford’s baseball team is right where it wants to be. The Chargers finished off a week-long sweep of New Hope with a 3-1 victory Friday at Ole Miss’ Oxford-University Stadium. The win kept Oxford (14-0, 2-0 Division 2-5A) undefeated and gave the Chargers an early leg up in their quest to defend their division championship. (March 29, 2015, Page 2B)

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        Manning steps down from CFP selection committee

        Archie Manning is stepping down from the College Football Playoff committee for good. The former Ole Miss All-American’s decision was announced by Bill Hancock, the CFP’s executive director, on Friday. Former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson will take Manning’s place. (March 29, 2015, Page 1B)

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          QBs turn in clean sheet in Ole Miss’ scrimmage

          Dan Werner demands three things from his quarterbacks in Ole Miss’ offense: Protect the football, stay ahead of the chains and go fast. Rattling off that checklist and executing it are two different things, but the Rebels’ offensive coordinator liked he what he saw from his signal callers Saturday in a game-like situation. (March 29, 2015, Page 1B)

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            Ole Miss’ quarterback competition ‘really close’

            There’s been little separation this spring among the candidates vying to take over the reins of Ole Miss’ offense from Bo Wallace. And it doesn’t sound like the race to be the Rebels’ next quarterback will end anytime soon. Rising sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade have been biding their time the last two seasons while junior-to-be Chad Kelly came from the junior college ranks in January to add a third competitor to the mix. (March 27, 2015, Page 1B)

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              Kelly off to good start

              So far, so good for Chad Kelly. The newest addition to Ole Miss’ quarterback competition has had the kind of quiet transition to life in the Southeastern Conference that was required when he arrived on campus in January. A player known just as much for what he’s done off the field as what he’s done on it, Kelly has anywhere from the end of the month to the end of August to make his case to be Bo Wallace’s replacement. (March 27, 2015, Page 1B)

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                Treadwell working his way back to full speed

                Laquon Treadwell has been running routes for the better part of a month. He’s been running around longer than that. The rehabilitation process for Ole Miss’ star wide receiver has been progressing at warp speed since he suffered his gruesome leg injury in the final seconds of the Rebels’ nail-biting loss to Auburn in early November inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (March 26, 2015, Page 6)

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                  Rebels’ young linemen getting extended looks

                  It makes sense for Ben Still, Justin Bell and Fahn Cooper to be working as starters on Ole Miss’ offensive line this spring since each held that role a season ago. But lining up directly behind them — and sometimes to the side — are three freshmen, a sophomore and a converted tight end among others. (March 26, 2015, Page 6)

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                    Injuries piling up for Ole Miss during ‘physical’ spring

                    Ole Miss’ football team is hurting. The Rebels are going through their third week of spring practice with many of their first- and second-stringers watching from the sideline. Most of the injuries are on the offensive side of the ball as an offensive line that ended the 2014 season banged up continues to be depleted while the three quarterbacks vying to replace Bo Wallace have limited receivers to target. (March 25, 2015, Page 6)

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